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Horror Comic Roundup – 5/14/13

by Decapitated Dan


Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

Bodie Troll #1 (Red 5 Comics) 
Decapitated Dan: I’ll say this once on this review and that’s it, Jay Fosgitt knows how to make comics! This book was beyond awesome, and while I don’t know if it’s 100% horror, it’s 100% humor, and I love my comedy comics. The start of the issue really leads the way to all the great jokes to come, I mean come on you cute little Boddie, scare a damn goat! This book will show you something special, and that is the amazing talent of Fosgitt (oops I lied, Jay rocks all over everything). No way around this one, buy it, and buy it now, because this is an amazing comic, created by one talented man. Best part that I left out until now, it’s for all ages! Read this comic!!!! – Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

Chin Music #1 (Image) 
Decapitated Dan: I think I get what happened here, but what the hell happened here? The opening scene, which I am guessing took place in Chicago, played out great, thanks to the great visuals of Tony Harris. It was interesting, even though there was no dialogue.  However from there it just got way off track. Jump to Egypt, where I I am guessing a demon fight takes place. We learn how the Sphinx loses its nose, and then see the “good” demon have his flesh ripped from his bones. GORE-Geous art on that skinless character. So enter office Elliot Ness, who gets touched by the demon, flash forward back to Chicago and…. It ends with a literal bang. The best part was the opening scene to the final page, read it to find out why. This issue though had too many things going on with nothing to help bring anything together. It just screams what for the trade, I’m kinda letdown by what was presented in this first issue. – Dying Breath 2.0 out of 5.0

Crawling Sky #3 (Antarctic Press)
Decapitated Dan: Oh, oh yeah, there it is, woo hoo!!!! Thank you Mr. Denham for the visual horror-gasm on page 2 of this issue!!! This book is a must read! I love every single second of it. The Lansdale’s are delivering one fantastic story, that I will say always seems short, but that is because I want it to keep going. I never want an issue to end. Once I get past the awesome story telling thou, I get to how agh-mazing the visuals are by Denham. This book is beautiful from start to finish. I know, it’s just gush, gush, gush from me, but man this was an awesome issue, and it’s just proving why all horror books from Antarctic should be read. This company knows amazing horror, and this book proves why. I LOVE IT!! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Creepy #12 (Dark Horse)
Decapitated Dan: Uncle Creepy is back once again with 8 Short stories to terrify all of you helpless readers. While I thought that the first story in the issue felt a little too much like the opening story in the movie Creepshow, I did enjoy it. My favorite of the stories had to be Fishing by Ron Marz and Richard P. Clark. I thought it had the best pacing and artwork of the bunch. Overall I still highly enjoy this anthology series, but I would honestly love to see it remove the one reprint story and add in an all new original tale. Good stuff yet again from this Ghastly Award winning title. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Billy Dunleavy: OK, so, I’ve read Creepy (and Eerie) before, and was impressed but not enough to keep reading every time it dropped. Well, I’m glad to say that this issue more than likely hooked me in for the long haul. You get five great stories in this issue, and believe me when I say that they were all solid! A great one right out of the gate by horror stalwart Richard Corben, then a fish tale by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Ravine) & Richard P. Clark. A Hollywood gone wrong story written and illustrated by Matthew Allison is followed by a timeless tale of spirit swapping by legends Archie Goodwin and Steve Ditko! The book is wrapped up by a military narrative involving a pack of savage wolves by John Arcudi (BPRD) and artist Julián Totino Tedesco. – Rating 4.0 out of 5.0

Dark Shadows #16 (Dynamite) 

Billy Dunleavy: If you haven’t been reading this title, shame on you, because Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend) has really brought his “A” game after taking over the writing duties nearly a year ago. He’s crafted a story that has Barnabas Collins as the centerpiece, but also a plethora of supporting characters to bring it to greater heights. In this issue, Barnabas has been possessed by a powerful demon, and it’s up to his family and one of his oldest enemies to exorcise the demon, or die trying! Also, in the future, the Collins family is being wiped out by…Barnabas?  Rating 4.0 out of 5.0

Demon Knights #20 (DC) 
Billy Dunleavy: After only reading a couple of issues early on in this run, I decided to read the latest issue of this series. Early on, Paul Cornell (Captain Britain & the MI13), was doing the writing, and did a fine job at that. Now, Robert Venditti is writing, and he has a list of decent credits too. Not quite as accomplished in comics as Cornell, but good nonetheless. This issue was a mystery to me because it didn’t recap the previous one, but the “300” feel to this issue, and a Cthulu-esque mythological beast made up for that! Artist Chad Hardin did a fantastic job especially with Etrigan and that aforementioned beast. The book did actually begin with a flashback/dream sequence to one of the characters being bitten by a vampire, and that was pretty cool too. – Rating 3.0 out of 5.0

Ferals #14 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan: Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t read past issue #6 in this series, and I feel like a fool. This issue was really good, and honestly, kind of a safe place to jump on. While I did miss out on a few things, I was able to pick some things up from what took place here. This is more of a wordy issue, so there is a good deal of build. Something big is about to go down, so I only have 1 month to try and get caught up. Great issue, that has my interest piqued to the point where I need to go back and read what I missed. Hopefully I will learn that sleeping on this one was a big mistake. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Helheim #2 (Oni Press)
Decapitated Dan: While I didn’t love issue #1, I thought it jumped over too much story, I still loved the concept of what was going on in this issue. So that being said, I knew I was going to check out #2, plus I love Bunn’s writing and the artwork by Jones is fang-tastic. The story in this issue was more straight forward, the plot didn’t jump around, I was easily able to follow everything. I still think that there is soooo much more to be explained in coming issues, and I am now really looking forward to that. The big praise for this issue though goes to Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi, because this book is GORE-Geous! The fight scenes just jumped off the pages, it’s an absolute beauty to look at. I really think it just comes down to more of the story being told before I can say this one is a don’t miss, but it’s not there just yet. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Night of the 80’s Undead #1 (Action Lab / Danger Zone)
Decapitated Dan:
This is issue does a great job of making me think 80’s, but probably for a different reason then you would expect. I think that the story tries to hard to impress, instead of standing out for what it has working for it. There are TONS of great 80’s references here, but it felt like overkill about halfway through. Let the reader see the what you are visually representing without having to point everything out. The story though is a great fun take on the zombie genre, and I loved how the people become zombies. It is a very clever twist. The artwork is great throughout the issue, and Bill McKay really delivers on the horror scenes. Overall I liked this issue, but I really think it was trying to hard on some levels. If you love the 80’s and you love zombies, then this should be a no brainier to add this to your collection. – Dying Breath 3.0 out of 5.0

Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath #7 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan:
Now this was a great issue! A fantastic recap of how one of the survivors got to be with the group, that will not let you down on the gore. I loved seeing that damn Rico in pieces in the bathtub. It almost reads like a one-shot issue, until you get to the fantastic scene of some doctors experimenting to find a cure. That poor bastard never saw it coming. This series has been great so far. While I’m not huge on the artwork as a while, I think that Chaparro really delivers on the horror scenes. Hine is by far one of my favorite horror writers, and he is doing an amazing job on this series so far. Great stuff! – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

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